Music in Worship
Music has always been central to worship. The beauty and emotion that music brings to our personal experience of God are key to the worship experience. We come together and sing, joining our voices and breath together in one large body. Singing together is an outward and visible sign of how we strive to unite as a family. Hymn singing is the bedrock of our music program. Everyone in the congregation is invited to participate as fully as possible as we sing our unity and praise.
Many members of our congregation want to spend a little more time seeking community through music making. We offer choirs and instrumental ensembles for all ages and a variety of interests. Contact the Director of Music for more information. Click here for calendar of rehearsals and music events.
This is a first step for the youngest in our congregation. Under the guidance of professional music staff and parents, and in a warm and supportive environment, the Cherubs learn to sing traditional songs and words that illuminate religious experience. They learn to be part of a group and to work productively with other young people and adults. The Cherubs learn to stand in front of a large group and carry themselves with confidence and pride. The Cherub Choir is often the first opportunity for young children to learn the words and songs of our faith that will help them lead connected and productive lives.
This choir is named for the copy of the “Choragic Monument” that rests on the top of the church. The middle schoolers in this choir sing each Sunday at the 10 a.m. worship service. The members of the Choragic Choir learn more complex music and assume a greater role in the worship practices of our congregation. Rehearsals are held at 9:00 a.m. each Sunday.
High school singers come together for special services throughout the year, including services for Advent, Christmas, Youth Sunday and Easter. This Choir provides an opportunity for service to the church and a greater understanding of the impact of music in worship.
The Sanctuary Choir sings for 10 a.m. worship each Sunday. It meets Thursday evenings for rehearsal to prepare for worship and to enjoy fellowship. Rehearsals are open so if you love to sing, consider joining us!
The Austin Chimers is named to remember Warren Austin, longtime member of First Church, who served as the first U.S. ambassador to the United Nations. Together with experienced leadership, members work with each other to play music that inspires the congregation through the beautiful sound of handbells. Rehearsals are held Wednesday evenings. New comers always welcome!